Cities at the Turn of the 20th Century

WALT WHITMAN

“I Hear America Singing”


UPTON SINCLAIR

The Jungle

Excerpt from The Jungle

The Jungle and the Progressive Era

Revisiting ‘The Jungle’ in modern times

Sinclair’s purpose was avowedly political: He wasn’t trying to write a novel of subtle psychological sophistication. He wanted to expose the physical realities and moral evils behind industrial capitalism to inspire his readers to reform the system through political action. ~ Bill Savage

Watch a student’s NHD project about The Jungle!


CARL SANDBURG

“Chicago”

“I Am the People, the Mob”

“Buffalo Dusk”

Sandburg @ Poetry Foundation

Sandburg wrote a four-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln!

“The complete publication led Sandburg to become an authority on Lincoln. He built a reputation traveling across the nation lecturing to colleges and universities on the Lincoln that he knew so well. In 1959, Sandburg was asked to speak to a joint session of Congress on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, making him one of the very few private citizens to ever hold such an honor. ” — WHO ELSE TRAVELED ACROSS THE NATION, SPEAKING AND LECTURING ON LINCOLN FOR MANY YEARS AFTER LINCOLN’S DEATH? 


WEB DUBOIS

“The Song of the Smoke”

DuBois @ Poetry Foundation


PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR

“Sympathy” and “We Wear the Mask”

Dunbar @ Poetry Foundation


EMMA LAZARUS

“The New Colossus”

Interactive New Colossus

The Statue of Liberty @ Google Cultural Institute – Check this out; it’s super cool.

Lazarus @ Poetry Foundation